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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Memorializing them locally

I'd like to see every community that lost someone on 9-11 memorialize them in some way, much like what happened in Eau Claire:

When 87-year-old Betty Hart of Eau Claire needs to remember her son John, who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, she asks to visit his memorial at Lakeview Cemetery.

Then she asks to be taken to a west side subdivision off the North Crossing, just to read the street sign: John Hart Place.

"That's the way she deals with her grief, even six years later," said her grandson, Jed Hart, who was raised by his uncle, John Hart. "We hear about it every day ... terrorism, the war, Osama bin Laden. It means a lot to everyone, but it hits us a little bit different, because that day, we lost someone we love."

One of Jed's friends, Eau Claire developer and builder Rusty Faschingbauer, wanted people to remember John Hart, a Memorial High School graduate.

While getting final approval for a plat of West Ridge Park in 2003, Faschingbauer needed names for streets in the development. He chose John Hart Place for one of them.

And much like this example shows, it doesn't have to be government that spurs a way to remember those who died.